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Mid-Century, Retro Lake Home, Sleeps 8, Huge Lawn, Private Dock, sunset views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,550 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Relax, enjoy sunsets, all sports lake, farm to table eateries, farms, vineyard

Cute As The Dickins perfectly describes our lakefront home; the original Dickinson lake home. This lovingly restored, clean and fresh family cottage home, features an expansive green lawn to the lake, plenty of land and water toys, and a retro 1950's cottage theme with all of the modern conveniences we have come to desire.

Knotty pine walls exude warmth and comfort. Enjoy a lakeside large bedroom with king bed and bunk bed, reclining leather rocking chair and TV, full bath just off bedroom hallway/fun retro mint green tile and fixtures plus one smaller bedroom suite with queen bed and full bath. And a third option is the queen sleeper sofa in the living room alcove. 32" flat screen, Comcast Cable with WIFI.

Fun decor throughout. The retro 50's kitchen is complete with original turquoise metal kitchen cabinets, 50's chrome dinette set, Kit Kat Klock and original boomerang Formica counter top with chrome edge trim. Find a fondue set, Revere-Ware pan set, Corelle dishes, and pink handled flatware...all of the fifties fun with modern convenience. The large kitchen features a washer & dryer as well as an eat in breakfast area, full size refrigerator/freezer, electric range, dishwasher, microwave, 2 high chairs.

The large L shaped living room features a game/dining table that seats 4 / leaf avail. if needed. 2 Large picture windows, plus a full glass pane door, allow for a panoramic view of the lake and all that is going on, from fishing, sailing, paddle boarding, skiing, paddle boating, kayaking, canoeing, to the swans who swim by and occasionally come ashore. The warm clear waters and sandy bottom of the lake make it such an enjoyable experience.

Outside you'll find two porches, one covered, one open, furnished to enjoy coffee sunrise or dessert and wine sunsets; outdoor living at it's finest. Last year we added a nice new concrete patio to the lakeside yard, making grilling and picnics a pure joy! Also new last year is a sidewalk from the driveway to the cottage. Each year we make a few more improvements.

For those who like to fish, cast your line from our private dock, drop your worm between the rocks along the shoreline and expect to catch bluegill, perch, crappie or maybe even a pike, although trolling is really best for pike. Maybe it's just a sit in the sun you love...we offer that too. You are welcome to bring your own boat with the public boat launch just down the street a ways. Nice private drive for walks, stroller rides, or biking. Bring your bikes along. Enjoy the basketball hoop and court and wooden swing set/playhouse for children, paddle boat and 2 kayaks. Fire pit and gas grill, picnic table and lawn chairs.

2 large tv's with Comcast cable as well as wireless internet services are provided. Sheets and towels, blankets, pillows and bedspreads are furnished, as well as a completely set up kitchen. No smoking, no pets allowed. Year round rental.

The location can't be beat. We are 1 mile from downtown Fennville with several restaurants, a large grocery store, drug store, hardware and lots of entertainment throughout the year. We are only a 5 mile drive to Lake Michigan if it's the Big Lake you'd like to explore...but of course much chillier waters come with this as well. You will enjoy how quickly Hutchins Lake warms up in the summer. We are approx. 10 min from Saugatuck Douglas, 15 minutes from South Haven.

So much to do in this beautiful coastal area from fruit picking, wine and hard cider tasting, trails for hiking and biking, galleries galore and quaint lake towns just a quick drive from Chicago, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit. We have many visitors from Ohio, Indiana, as well as St. Louis too.

New this year is our 2nd option, The Little Dickins. This was formerly the guest house. Any of you who have stayed with us previously have wondered what will become of this cute little place, that had been my grandparents guest house but had been neglected for too many years. We spent last year completely re-doing it and it's available for over-flow guests who rent the larger cottage. Call us if you are interested in learning more.

Fennville is definitely a 4 season community, so check out the happenings in all'll surely enjoy the colors of fall and our Annual Goose Festival/Get your Goose in Fennville Michigan! Stay with us for Homecoming at Hope College, WMU, Grand Valley, Calvin, Lake Michigan College...we're only minutes away from all.

Our Christmas celebration is small town America at it's finest. And with the snow comes cross country skiing, ice skating on the lake, ice boating, ice name it...Fennville offers it if it's family fun you are looking for.

We're a beautiful 10 min. drive to quaint downtown Douglas and Saugatuck. Visit Glenn as well, with the Blue Star Hwy antique and artist tour route. Circle the lake to find Fenn Valley winery, Virtue Cider farm, Crane Orchards U-pick, corn maize, hayrides, cow rides:) and of course Cranes Pie Pantry Bakery for delicious meals...all made on the farm...from the farm to the table.

Speaking of farm to table...check out Salt of the Earth...another award winning restaurant, right downtown in Fennville, with a wonderful evening sure you try the brussel spouts and hanger steak!

Many enjoy the Blue Goose diner for breakfast...and a favorite for decades has been the What Not Inn at the corner of Blue Star and M-89, music Sunday and Monday evenings while you dine on a casual menu and the best coconut cake on the planet! Great pizza from the Glenn Store, Hop'N and lots of great spots in Saugatuck/Douglas as well.

Those are just a 'few' of the fun spots you will discover in this area...unique for it's art and country flair. But all you really need for a fun and relaxing vacation can be found right at the cottage. Two kayaks, 1 row boat, 1 paddle boat for your use. A gas grill, outdoor seating areas, a great and always used fire pit and a playhouse, swing, slide for the your own private dock!

We hope to be your hosts for your next vacation!

Bob and Kym

As you can see...we're high on this area!

More Details

Kym Zumbrink
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
June 14, 2017

About Kym Zumbrink

I was born in Fennville, and we came back to live here after our marriage and a short 2 years in Troy Michigan where we started our careers after college. The family hardware lured us back, and we settled and raised our family here in Fennville.

I grew up just down the street from Cute As The Dickins/my grandparents home. It has been a true labor of love to restore the home and keep it in our family, as it has always been, since the 1930's

Kym Zumbrink purchased this house in 2013

Why Kym Zumbrink chose Southwest

The location of our home cannot be beat. It's the best spot on Hutchins Lake in our opinion...having owned property on the lake and grown up here. Enjoy 75 ft of pristine, natural lake frontage, and beautiful sunsets from the shaded yard of this property. The home is much larger than it appears from the outside.

This location is central to all West Michigan has to offer, a quick ride to Holland, Saugatuck, Glenn and South Haven, and a quiet retreat away from it all.

You like Lake Michigan too? No problem...great beaches within 5-6 miles from the cottage... Hutchins Lake is a VERY clean lake, and it warms up so will love this beautiful find. Nice big yard for all kinds of activities and a play house, slide and swings for kids plus basketball court.

What makes this house unique

Location Location Location! Enjoy the quiet of this private lakefront neighborhood and the closeness to all of the vacation activities you can think of in West Michigan. We're right on the lake...not across the road, or down a hill...just a nice easy walk across the beautiful yard to the lakes edge making it easy and safe for families. The lake is shallow along our 75 ft of frontage, safe for children to wade and swim...with it becoming gradually deeper. We've added a play set for children, 2 kayaks, paddle boat, toys, and have provided all of the amenities to make your vacation relaxing and care-free.

We think Fennville is West Michigan's best kept secret...with it's quaint downtown, and well known restaurants and winery. New this year is Virtue Hard Cider production farm near the Fenn Valley winery. The Beervangelist also calls Fennville home...learn all about these interesting people and places during your stay. Cranes Pie Pantry Cider Mill and U-Pick is just around the corner. Or how about a 400 acre organic blueberry farm for your picking pleasure (Pleasant Hill Farms)...or buy their frozen/shippable berries already picked and boxed. Our fantastic mix of restaurants attract visitors from many miles away / so be sure to try them all!

Many antique stores and art galleries plus very unique lakeshore towns are located within minutes from our home. Some of the finest Lake Michigan beaches are a quick car ride from Hutchins Lake. We think you'll like Hutchins Lake enough you will want to spend most of your time enjoying this recreational hot spot.

The local music and art scene can't be beat...from Free Tuesday in the Park concerts to fun and lively bands in the local restaurants...right here in Fennville (10 min. from Saugatuck and Douglas...

Come and enjoy the flavor our this unique and hidden jewel.


Fennville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Retro soft green tile, tub, sink and toilet...adorable
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Adjacent to Queen bedroom, turquoise/white.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , 1 bunk bed , pack n play provided
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , small full bath adjacent to this bedroom
    L Shaped Living room with alcove - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size sleeper sofa in alcove area of living room
  • Queen bedroom has a mid-century headboard. New sheets and quilt and pillows. Built in dresser, closet, and a darling 50's white leather chair. Two windows make for a bright and cheery space to relax and rejuvenate. It has it's own bathroom with shower. Kind Bedroom features a brand new leather headboard, new sheets, quilt, mattress, pad, as well as a new set of bunk beds with the same features. Relax in the soft leather rocker recliner as you gaze out over the lake via a large picture window. 25' tv in this bedroom. The sofa sleeper is brand new, and comfortable! We provide new matress pad, sheets, blankets and pillows and quilt. Enjoy your view from this bed of the lake...beautiful beautiful view! 32' TV in this room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The home is ready to go when you enter. Sheets/beds made, and towels provided fresh to you, and of course blankets, bedspreads and pillows. Sheet also for pack n play. We require a $150 property maintenance fee and $500 refundable security deposit. Located in Fennville, the cottage has a fantastic location that most don't want to leave...but if you do want to explore it is just a few minutes to Saugatuck, Douglas, South Haven, Holland, Grand Haven...but far enough that you don't fight traffic and crowds. It's a true get-away!


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Mid-Century, Retro Lake Home, Sleeps 8, Huge Lawn, Private Dock, sunset views
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews

Relaxing and fun filled weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at Cute as the Dickinson Cottage. There was plenty of room inside and out to enjoy the lake and the cottage. We decided we would eat lunches out and do bbq at night. Kym texted me early to let me know the cottage was ready for us. About an hour later we were sitting near the lake and up came Kym. Apparently she checked the gas grill before we got there and it was not working, so they brought a brand new grill to replace it. Since we brought our evening meals with us, it surely made our dinners run smoother knowing that the grill would work. Thank you Kym, for paying attention to details.

We had a great time checking out the surrounding little towns. In Saugatuck, we went on a dune ride. That was so much fun. I was originally worried that my three year old granddaughter would be scared, but SHE LOVED IT. And then we went to Holland and went to a small amusement park and petting zoo. This was a lot of fun for all!

Make sure you look through the informative book at the cottage. It has interesting facts and ideas on local attractions.

Thank you again for allowing us to enjoy your cottage.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adorable Cottage lives up to it's name of "Cute as the Dickins"

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our two boys (ages 10 and 8) stayed at the Cute as the Dickins Cottage this week. This is an older home with a lot of charm and very well maintained! The decor in the home is like stepping back in time, in a really great way!!! The pictures that the owners have publised on VRBO are spot on! The kitchen was my favorite and I loved looking through the cabinets and exploring all the vintage dishes and tableware. Kym also provided little extra touches, like filling the cookie jar and providing root beer, Coke and vanilla ice cream to welcome you in. The master bedroom was VERY spacious with a great view of the lake, and it was large enough with the bunk beds and a king bed for all 4 of us to stay in that room all week. We used the other bedroom for a two different guests that we had during the week which worked wonderfully as that queen bedroom has it's own bath. The yard is quite large and does provide some shade, there is a fire pit and chairs near the dock where you can also relax and get some sun. The water was warm and clean and the lake has a sandy bottom that is quite shallow for a ways out so it was great for the kids to wade around in. We brought our own double sea kayak and a paddle board and a large flotation device, as well as our fishing boat that we put in and out at the access right up the road, but they also had provided two kayaks and a paddle board for our use. We drove to Saugatuck two different days and went to Lake Michigan to enjoy the big lake and eat out in downtown, our favorite place to eat is Wally's. We also went peach picking just up the road at Crane's and also went blackberry and raspberry picking at Earl's. There are several farmer's markets near by and we took advantage of those as well. If you are looking for a quaint place to stay on a quiet all sports lake to relax with family and friends, check out Cute as the Dickins Cottage for your next vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! All of the reasons you listed that you enjoyed about the cottage are why we enjoy sharing it! And we especially appreciate how wonderfully you left it for us. We hope you decide to return for another stay someday!
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Comfortable, quaint cottage

  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for a cottage that is a great place to relax and enjoy the lake with your family, this is the place to be! The cottage was clean and had all the amenities needed to enjoy your stay. Great location and sandy shallow lakefront to enjoy the water. We really enjoyed our time at the lake and look forward to returning next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our home for your vacation this summer...we look forward to your return!
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Very nice cottage- it's as cute as the dickens!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed being right on the water, and so close to everything. The cottage was very comfortable. We loved our stay very much!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint, Clean, and Lovely

  • 5 of 5

Family of 4 - two "Tweens" the Hubs and myself - settled in for a lovely week on the most gorgeous Hutchin's Lake. The property is adorable and exactly as advertised. Very retro, 50's or 60's style decor. The beds were not only dressed in perfectly clean linens, but they were very comfortable to sleep on. We loved that the sand bottom of the lake extended way out so that we could sit/float in the water to our hearts content. I would recommend this cottage as a great value! We especially appreciated the personal touches the owner provided, including a guide book with local attractions, restaurants and events, and access to kayaks, paddle boat, badminton net, and pretty much anything we might need to enjoy our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is music to our ears! It's so much fun to share our family home with wonderful renters who enjoy the experience and let us know about it! We've met the nicest people through this experience, and you are some of them! Thanks so much for taking such good care of our home...we hope you will return again and again.
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Feels like home

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd summer in a row and it feels like coming home. Love the expanded and updated patio - perfect for grilling and dining out. It's such a relaxed and comfortable vacation spot. The lake is clear and calm, the house has everything you need, it's easy to spread out and make yourself comfortable, and there's so much to do nearby if you want to get out and about. Thanks Kym for being such an awesome host!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kl & K for your kind words...we love that you love your stays...and hope you will be returning for more! Thank you for choosing to spend your vacation at Cute As the Dickins once again this year! K&B:-)
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Gerald R. Ford Airport Grand Rapids, MI
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Salt of The Earth, Saugatuck Brewing Co., Phil's
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Hawks Head Links Course, South Haven, Ravines
Nearest Train
20 Miles
AmTrak Holland
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Crane's Pie Pantry Bakery & Rest., Salt of Earth,
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Bittersweet Resort
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Your front yard 50 ft. or Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

Cute As The Dickins is located on 375 acre, beautiful Hutchins Lake, in quaint Fennville Michigan. Just a quick bike ride around the lake to FennValley Winery, Crane Orchards Pie Pantry and Winery and U-Pick, Gary Crane U-Pick, and Virtue Cider, though you may want to take the car to haul your purchases;)

Farm to table restaurants, unique restaurants within 1-2 miles of the cottage. Award Winning Virtue Farm Hard Cider production and tasting room and Palazolo's Italian Gelato production are also located in Fennville / unique and outstanding. The area is rich in beautiful farms and orchards...time it right for fresh fruit in season; strawberries, blueberries, apples, peaches, pears, and more! Organic blueberries at Pleasant Hill Farm are a favorite destination for many, 1 mile from our cottage.

Hiking/biking trails in the Allegan State Forest, and Kal-Haven trail are not far away. Lake Michigan beaches 6 miles, shopping in Holland, Saugatuck, South Haven just a short drive away. All of the conveniences needed in downtown Fennville 2 miles. Enjoy antiquing, art galleries, best beaches in the country, Hope College theatre productions, hunting, fresh water fishing (fish right from our dock) or just enjoy a lazy day at the lake from your cottage lawn. 2 kayaks provided. If canoeing is preferred, canoe the Kalamazoo river. Best vacation location in West Michigan...away from the crowd, but close enough to all the action if it's action you desire. Think about staying for a college reunion, sports event, or to visit your family that is at college throughout the year. We're close to Grand Valley, Hope College, Lake Michigan College, Western Michigan University...all within 45 minutes of the cottage... a nice break away for your college student, or close to but out of the rat race of most campus towns. Year round, this is a relaxing peace of heaven.


Rates & Availability

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Maintenance/Housekeeping $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates subject to change until reservation confirmed. Rates vary according to demand / season. $100+ forfeit of security deposit if you delay your check out. We need this time to clean for the next guest, please be courteous.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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